Run Information 2014


Run Day Schedule 2014

8:30am Baggage Check opens
8:30–9:45am 8k Packet Pickup and Bib Pickup
10:00am Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k start
10:05–11:00am 5k Packet Pickup and Bib Pickup
10:45am–12:30pm "I ♥ High Park" Pancake Breakfast
11:15am Harry's Spring Run-Off 5k run/walk start
11:45am Kids Run 800m
11:50am 8k & 5k Awards and Fundraising Ceremony

Best Dressed Runner

Remember to come dressed in your best for Harry's Spring Run-Off — we will be selecting one lucky best dressed runner to win a $100 gift card to use at Harry Rosen.


Packet Pickup

Runner's Shop

Packet Pickup will be held at the Runner's Shop
Thursday April 3 and Friday April 4
Runner's Shop
180 Bloor St West, Toronto Ontario, M5S 2V6

TTC Access:

Bloor St subway line (St George Station)
University Ave subway Line (Museum Station)

Parking is available at the Green P lot on Bedford Road

IMPORTANT! BIB NUMBER and CORRAL COLOUR will be provided to you in our last minute information e-mail on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12pm EST. Please bring a printout of your last minute information e-mail with your bib number OR original registration email confirmation AND/OR a piece of photo ID to packet pickup. A friend or family member can pick up your packet provided they have your email confirmation OR a permission letter.

Confirm your bib number here

Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system used at Harry's Spring Run Off 8k & 5k

Harry's Spring Run Off 8k & 5k will use the Mylaps BIBTAG Timing system. This means you only have to pick up your BIB at packet pickup/registration; this timing chip is embedded in your bib number. On race day, you should wear your bib #/BIBTAG on the front of your shirt or jacket. For optimum performance DO NOT bend, fold or mutilate your bibtag! And remember, now it's "NO BIB = NO TIME!"

To read more about the latest technology coming to Canada with the Mylaps BIBTAG and Sportstats Timing company, click here.


Your timing chip or "bibTag" is placed on the back of your race bib. It must be correctly worn for your race time to be accurately captured.

  1. Do not remove the "bibTag" or foam spacer from your bib.
  2. Do not fold your bib or excessively bend or twist the "bibTag".
  3. Wear your bib on your chest/abdomen. Do not wear on your back, side, leg or arm.


Getting There & Parking

Please note that parking is NOT available within High Park on race day and the park will be closed to vehicles from 5:30am–2:00pm. We strongly encourage you use the TTC to get to the park on race day.


We strongly encourage participants to travel to the event using public transit. The High Park subway station is within 200m of the finish line. Visit the TTC website for more information: and check out their Trip Planner at

**TTC Service Advisory for April 5th & 6th on the Yonge-University-Spadina line — installation of signals. No trains will be running between Yonge Station to St. Andrew Station on April 5th and 6th. Trains will be running from St. Andrew north to St. George Station & shuttle buses will be running between Yonge — south to Union and across to St. Andrew Station.**

For more information please see information posted on the TTC website: CLICK HERE


LIMITED parking is available on the streets outside the park and will be enforced on race day — be sure to obey all parking signs.

For a list of Green P parking lots in the area, visit



Don't have access to a ride or public transport? Have extra space in your vehicle? Want to save some $ on parking fees? Then consider using PickupPal and help reduce your carbon footprint! It's free and exclusive to all CRS events. You can EITHER ask for or offer a ride.


Baggage Check

Location of Baggage Check on race day:

Here are the rules for HSRO baggage check:

  1. souvenir bag Use your Harry's Spring Run-Off Race Kit Bag you receive at packet pickup as your Baggage bag!
  2. small knapsack If you pickup your packet on race day and can't use the packet pickup bag we give you, you can check-in a knapsack or smaller.
  3. Pickup one of our luggage tags at packet pickup during race week or at baggage check on race day. You will need to attach the luggage tag to your bag and write your bib# on the tag prior to checking it in.
  4. leave valuables at home We strongly recommend that you leave your valuables at home! The Harry's Spring Run Off is not responsible for lost or stolen property, including any and all property checked at the baggage check-in.
  5. donate Donate what you can to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation! Volunteers from PMCF will be at baggage check with donation bins to collect any donations you would like to contribute towards their fundraising goal of over $300,000 this year!


Start Line

8k Start line location — On Colborne Lodge Drive, just north of the tennis courts and swimming pools

5k Start line location — On West Road, north of the Grenadier Restaurant. 5k participants, please stay off the course/road while the 8k race is underway. The course marshals will inform you when it is time to enter the start corrals.

8k and 5k participants will be organized in coloured corrals at the start line based on expected finishing time.

Elite Athletes: Will start at the front of the corrals, as Open & Masters prizing will be awarded based on the official gun time. The official times will be recorded from the start of the race, indicated by the air horn, to the point where the participant crosses the finish line. Elite athlete information can be found here.

Competitive Age Category Runners: Age category prizing will be awarded based on chip time, the time from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.


8k Corral Times

5k Corral Times

Red Corral < 39 minutes < 28 minutes
Yellow Corral 40-44 minutes 29-34 minutes
Blue Corral 45-49 minutes 35-44 minutes
Green Corral 50-59 minutes 45-60 minutes
Purple Corral +1:00 hour +1:01 hour

On race morning you will look for the flag with the colour that corresponds to the stripe on your bib.

If a corral change is required, please email before March 10, 2014 or visit the HELP DESK at packet pickup.


Course Descriptions & Maps

scenic park route

8k Course (10:00am)

An 8k loop over the scenic, traffic-free, paved roads of High Park. Starts on Colborne Lodge Drive, between the Schoolhouse and the Grenadier Café.

5k Course (11:15am—Walk or Run)

Starts on West Road, curves around Grenadier Café, north on Colborne Lodge Dr., west on West road, moves onto the path towards Grenadier Pond and follows the 8k route for the remainder. Ideal for casual walkers and joggers, as well as serious competitors. ChampionChip timing for all.

8k Map PDF file (740 KB)

8k map

5k Map PDF file (690 KB)

5k map


Course Restrictions

Entry Limits

8k: maximum 2400 participants
5k: maximum 2000 participants
Kids Run: maximum 200 participants

Harry's Spring Run-off is a beautiful run through High Park, however the narrow roads and pathways make the course suitable for runners and walkers only. For the safety of all participants, baby backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Nordic Pole participants are welcome; please click here for more info.

Baby Strollers are welcome in the 5k event ONLY; please click here for more info.

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at

Time Limits

8k — time limit to complete the course is 1 hour 15 minutes
5k — time limit to complete the course is 1 hour 15 minutes


Kids Run (ages 5-13)

Returning this year is the Kids Run (800m) at Harry's Spring Run-Off, for ages 5 to 13.

Start line is the same as the 5k start on West Road, finish line is at the skating rink on Colborne Lodge Drive.

Please note — all children must be picked up by an adult at the finish area, following the guidelines below:

  1. All children will receive 2 identical bibs.
  2. One bib MUST be worn by the child participating.
  3. The second bib MUST be worn by the adult accompanying or picking up the child at the finish area.
  4. These procedures are in place for the safety of your children. Please respect our event staff as they take the time to check this at the finish area.

Note: Kids Run bibs & shirts can be picked up on race day at the Packet Pickup area.

PDFClick here for Kids Run map (640 KB)


Finish Line

8k & 5k finish lines are at the same location — on Colborne Lodge Drive, just south of the Bloor St park entrance.


Post-race Party Site

All runners, family and friends are welcome to get together at the post-race party site! Celebrate the run with a great "I ♥ High Park" pancake breakfast, awards ceremony as well as plenty of post-race food and drinks. Spend some time visiting the various sponsor tents on site featuring Harry Rosen, The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Oasis Juice and PowerBar.

We will also be accepting new or slightly used shoe donations on behalf of Community Education Services Canada (CES) for runners in Kenya who cannot afford decent training footwear. Please bring your extra shoes on race day and place them in the drop-box by the stage.

Once again, CRS will be selling off race shirts from past years' events. Get yours for $5/each or 3 for $10 (cash only).


Charity Info

Please click here for information


Water Stations



Port-o-Lets will be provided in the following locations:

To avoid lengthy lineups and stress, please give yourself ample time to use the facilities.


Medical Services

Members of the Canadian Ski Patrol System will be on course and will be located at the finish line medical tent to provide first responder support.

A City of Toronto EMS vehicle will be stationed at the finish line.


Entertainment & Cheering Sections

There will be 2 Entertainment Centres on course featuring the following bands:

Tribal Conquest uses the deep vibrations of the Didgeridoos with rhythmic Percussion & soulful Guitar to take you on a journey through the rich tribal groove of the Australian Outback!

Feeling "Hot…Hot…Hot" …enjoy the hottest steel band north of the Caribbean… the York Lions Steel Band. A chartiable organization, the youth band has travelled all over the world performing at various venues, festivals & events. Check out their website at


"I ♥ High Park" Pancake Breakfast

Pancake Breakfast
Councillor Sarah Doucette flipping and serving pancakes at last year's Harry's Spring Run-Off

Enjoy a delicious post-run "I ♥ High Park" pancake breakfast — with Councillor Sarah Doucette doing the flipping! — compliments of the Grenadier Café. Pancake tickets are $3.00 each with all proceeds going to the High Park Nature Centre:

Pancake Breakfast   Grenadier Cafe and Teahouse   High Park Nature Centre

Tickets can be purchased on-line or on race day at the "I ♥ High Park" pancake breakfast tent. Pancakes will be served in the party site area from 10:45am to 12:30pm.


Souvenir Shirts

Please click here for more information

Finisher Medal & iTab

Please click here for more information

Environmental Responsibility

Please click here for more information

Race Etiquette

Please click here to review the Canada Running Series "Race Etiquette" information